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The Emotional Moment This 8-Year-Old Found out Obama Is Leaving Office Is Going Viral

Americans under the age of eight have never known any president besides Barack Obama. For some, the transition to a new leader of the free world is proving to be a little traumatic.

For example, when this 8-year-old girl learned that Barack Obama's presidency was coming to a close, she started sobbing.

Not only has President Obama been running the country her entire life, he's also her birthday buddy — sharing the same birth date of August 4. Last week, her grandmother Caprina D. Harris felt it was time to break the news to her that President Obama would be leaving the White House soon. That's when the waterworks started to flow:

 

On Saturday morning just before Gymnastics, My Dranbaby found out that our President Barack Obama was no longer going to be our President!!! He has been her President all of her life and Yes her birthday is also on AUGUST 4!!!! My poor baby!!!

Posted by Caprina D Harris on Monday, February 15, 2016

Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that Obama's term is ending. But watching the video, I think a lot of us know how she feels, too. There's going to be a lot to miss with the departure of our 44th President of the United States.

Six reasons we'll miss Obama when he's gone.

1. He understood when things were bigger than politics

From his measured response to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's passing, to his recent visit to a mosque in Maryland at a time when American Muslims are facing rising discrimination, Obama has always tried to find "the right thing to do."

2. He was the first U.S. President to visit a federal prison

In a country that is home to only 5 percent of the world's population while accounting for 25 percent of the world's prisoners, it should be shocking that no prior sitting U.S. President has visited a federal prison. Obama finally rectified this last year with his tour of EL Reno Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, where he intimated that he could have ended up in the same situation were it not for access to education and a strong family, remarking, "there but for the grace of God."

3. He's got integrity

As others have pointed out, the Obama years have been remarkably scandal-free. He hasn't had a Whitewater or an Iran-contra type of situation, and his political appointments have also been largely absent from tabloid headlines, too.

4. He made health care a reality for more people

Like or hate Obamacare, either way you can't deny the fact that there are now more Americans with medical insurance than ever before thanks to the Affordable Care Act. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 8.8 million more people were insured in 2014 compared to 2013 — and the number without health insurance continues to fall.

5. He embraced the transgender community

Obama was the first U.S. President to designate a transgender person as a presidential appointee. He was also the first to specifically invite transgender children to participate in the annual White House Easter egg roll event, and he was the first to say the word "transgender" in a speech. (And it was the State of the Union, no less.) While these acts may seem minimal, they're actually huge for a community that experiences epidemic levels of violence. There may still be a lot of work to do, but Obama's actions during his presidency were unprecedented.

6. He appointed two great Supreme Court Justices

With the current conversation revolving around whether or not Obama will be able to appoint a replacement for the late Justice Scalia, let's not forget that he's already successfully appointed two female Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who played a major role in the decision to legalize gay marriage. They also comprise half of the total number of women who have served on the bench in the Court's entire history.

And that's just the starting point.

Looking over these reasons, which still leave so much from his presidency unsaid: Little girl, I'll be crying, too, come 2017.